Dr. Kim’s Blog

Dr. Kim Okamura Welcome to my blog! This blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE. Happy reading!
If you’ve been considering the idea of getting dental veneers, one of the top questions you probably keep circling back around to is “Are veneers going to damage my natural teeth?”. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments in today’s patients and it’s easy to see why. Regaining self confidence from the appearance of your smile is a life changing opportunity, and our patients have never felt more confident than they do after a smile makeover. Take a look for yourself and see why so many patients are choosing to improve their smile with veneers. How Veneers Impact Your Teeth Veneers will not damage your natural teeth if your dental treatment plan is carried out by an experienced cosmetic dentist with correct experience and training with veneers specifically. The most important thing to know about the safety of veneers is to always receive veneers from an experienced cosmetic dentist with ...
If you’ve always been self conscious of your smile, not because your teeth are crooked, but perhaps because your teeth are small, extreme various shapes, or even stained it might be bringing one big question to your mind - Could I fix the look of my smile with porcelain veneers? Take our smile makeover quiz below to help you get an idea of if veneers would be a good fit for you in correcting your smile, or if you should be looking at other avenues to fix your smile setbacks. What Is Your Biggest Dental Concern? I’m missing teeth caused by tooth decay or periodontal disease. I have Chips or cracks visible in my smile. My teeth have Gaps (large or small) or crowding. How Important Is Preserving Your Natural Tooth Enamel? Mandatory with no exceptions. Very Important - I want to keep my natural teeth as natural as possible. I don’t mind ...
Your teeth aren’t the only thing in your house that can benefit from the cleaning powers of toothpaste. Toothpaste has a host of uses all around, and here are 16 handy uses that have nothing to do with your pearly whites. Clever Cleaning Hacks For Around The House Take your cleaning game to the next level by using toothpaste to: Remove scuffs from shoes - A little toothpaste does an amazing job of removing scuffs from your leather shoes making them look like new again. Take a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, dab it on the scuffed area, and rub it in with a soft cloth, wiping clean with a damp cloth afterwards. Piano keys - The whitening powers of toothpaste will clean your dingy piano keys right up. Apply a little toothpaste and a toothbrush, and wipe clean with a damp cloth afterwards for bright, white keys. Dirty sneakers - Is the ...
The thought of losing a tooth probably isn’t one you think of often, that is, unless your dentist has uttered the words ‘gum disease’ to you during a dental exam. But gum disease isn’t the only risk factor you need to protect your teeth from, and being proactive with preventative dentistry can aid in preventing tooth loss for life! Dental Dilemmas That Can Cause Tooth Loss The top cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease. Making sure you’re preventing gum disease gives your mouth a much more likely chance of keeping your teeth and preventing other problems that can accompany periodontitis. The top offenders that lead to tooth loss are: Periodontal Disease Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is not only the cause of tooth loss, but it’s the primary reason people over the age of 35 lose their teeth. Cavities If left untreated, small cavities can grow into a major problem in a small amount ...
What is your beverage of choice to keep you going throughout your workday? Does your day begin with a thermos full of coffee on your morning commute, and transition into an afternoon diet soda after lunch? If this sounds like your typical Tuesday, we have some news that might make you pause and think about what passes through your teeth as you sip through the day. You Are What You Eat, But… Are you also what you drink? If you’re sipping an iced tea as you read this, you may want to think about how you drink too. Not only does what you eat and drink directly affect your tooth enamel, but the way you eat and drink has an effect as well. Tooth erosion, also known as dental erosion or acid erosion, occurs when acids wear away tooth enamel, which is the substance that coats the outer layer of each tooth. Over ...
If you’ve ever woken up to a toothache, you’ve probably also found yourself on the internet searching for a miracle home remedy to ease your discomfort until your dentist can see you, or even better, a miracle that the pain subsides all on its own. While a close friend or family member may swear by a home remedy, the truth is, if you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s more than likely your body’s way of telling you that something is internally going on that requires more attention than bourbon on a cotton ball or some clove oil. But do any of these home remedies really work? Why Use Home Remedies For Tooth Pain? No home remedy for tooth pain is scientifically proven to ease your tooth pain with long term results. The only way to successfully treat a toothache is to see your dentist so the tooth can be diagnosed properly and fixed. Even so, many ...
If you’ve been suffering from facial discomfort and tense jaw pain that’s affecting your daily life, it could be your body’s way of telling you you’re one of the millions of people suffering from TMJ disorder. See how your symptoms measure up to determine whether you’re just suffering from head, jaw, or sinus pain, or if your discomfort is stemming from TMJ. Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorders When common daily activities such as eating or talking become uncomfortable as a direct link to experiencing jaw pain, you’ll do anything to find some relief. Your jaw pain may be due to a combination of factors including genetics, arthritis or jaw injury, and jaw pain doesn’t necessarily mean you have a TMJ disorder. Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include: Pain or tenderness of your jaw, cheeks, ears and neck Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints Aching pain in and around your ...
When comparing to traditional orthodontic treatments with metal brackets and wires, Invisalign treatment is the ultimate in orthodontic comfort. While the pain you feel from any orthodontic treatment is never intense, there is a certain amount of discomfort that comes along with any orthodontic treatment you choose. Here’s everything you need to know about Invisalign, any pains that come with the treatment, and how to alleviate pain you may experience. Why Teeth Ache During Orthodontic Treatment Orthodontics work by using gentle force to straighten your teeth over an extended period of time. If you know someone who has had traditional braces, you may have heard them reference the pain that is associated with getting braces tightened. Because of the computer-aided modeling of your teeth with Invisalign, you will receive a disposable, two-week plastic tray that has a very gentle force. Is Invisalign more painful than metal braces? Just like traditional orthodontics with metal brackets and ...
Your taste buds enable you to identify all the different tastes from sweet to sour. In total, you have roughly 10,000 taste buds that line your tongue, and each taste bud has between 10-50 sensory cells that are connected to your body’s nerve fibers. Typically, you should not be able to feel your taste buds because of their microscopic size, but sometimes your taste buds have a tendency to swell or enlarge. Inflamed taste buds can become irritated and painful causing you discomfort. What are your taste buds telling you? Why do I have so many painful taste buds? There are a few potential causes of the damage to your taste buds. While tastebuds typically regenerate themselves about every 1-2 weeks, there are times when they can become damaged, burned, or inflamed for different reasons including: Acid Reflux. When harmful stomach acid rides up into the throat and mouth, it can burn the taste buds ...
If this is your first time getting botox, or you’re just beginning to flirt with the idea of getting botox, this article includes everything you need to know for what to expect during that first treatment. This aesthetic and non-invasive treatment continues to increase in popularity because it gives patients exactly what they’re in search of - results! Botox is safe as long as it is injected properly. Botox is botulinum toxin, a protein that has been purified for medical use. The reason you may have heard botox referred to as a toxin, is because of the way it halts muscle movement where it is injected, but don’t look away from this treatment because of the word toxic on the label - botox is effective and it is safe to use. Because it is a non-surgical treatment, botox has far fewer risks than many other treatments for sagging or wrinkled skin. The number ...